Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Master Your Panic: Twelve Treatment Sessions to Conquer Panic, Anxiety & Agoraphobia (Master Your Panic & Take Back Your Life) Paperback – February 1, 2004
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
—John Greist, MD, author, Anxiety and Its Treatment, Clinical Director of Psychiatry, University of Washington Medical School
—Tom Parsons, MA, LPC , co-founder: The SHYNESS Institute of Colorado
—M.L., a reader in Clearwater Beach, FL
—Edmund Bourne, PhD, author, Anxiety, Fears and Phobias
—Albert Ellis, PhD, President, Albert Ellis Institute, New York
—A grateful reader, Memphis, TN
—THE WILSON LIBRARY JOURNAL
—From a review in The Mountain Climber
—Janice Kinter, PhD, former Director of Clinical Placement, Psychology, California Graduate Institute
—Jeffrey E. Heckler, PhD, University of Maine Department of Psychology, book review, the Behavior Therapist
From the Back Cover
Revised, updated and improved to reflect the latest techniques, the Third Edition of MASTER YOUR PANIC AND TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE makes an old favorite even better!
--Find out why you developed panic attacks in the first place and why they come back. --Discover your personal triggers for panic and tackle them, one by one -- the thoughts, the physical habits, even the emotional traps. So panic goes away and stays away. --Learn to stop limiting yourself and get your life back -- for GOOD.
Includes: --Discussion of the family backgrounds and personal stresses that can lead to panic. --Updates on the best medications for panic, and the best ways to utilize them. --The latest diagnostic criteria for panic attacks, panic disorder and agoraphobia. --Step-by-step instructions for the two major types of "exposure therapy" -- the most powerful method available for eliminating panic attacks, agoraphobia and catastrophic thinking -- and the latest research comparing the two. --"Special helps" on major strategies and handy record-keeping forms, all easily reproducible by readers, therapists and group leaders.
"From her experience successfully treating hundreds of patients, and from her review of the voluminous literature in the area, Dr. Beckfield has distilled the essence of effective treatment into the most readable book on the topic I have seen... The information conveyed so skillfully in [the book] will also help families and friends understand the many bewildering effects of panic and agoraphobia... superb book." --John Greist, M.D. Author, ANXIETY AND ITS TREATMENT Clinical Director of Psychiatry University of Washington Medical School
"Especially noteworthy are chapters 2, 3, and 4, helping clients to trace both the lifetime origins as well as the daily antecedents of their panic episodes... I haven't seen this covered so well anywhere else." --Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. Author, THE ANXIETY & PHOBIA WORKBOOK
"As a therapist, I am delighted to have learned of a book which I can use with my anxiety and panic disorder patients... as a professor, I look forward to the opportunity to utilize your book as a text, or as recommended reading for some of my courses..." --Janice Kinter, Ph.D. Former Director of Clinical Placement, Psychology, California Graduate Institute
DENISE BECKFIELD, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of panic and anxiety her entire career, and who has written and spoken to both professionals and anxiety sufferers on topics including susceptibility to panic disorder, its emotional underpinnings and its treatment.
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Dr. Beckfield set up the book "in twelve step-by-step 'sessions' that parallel those of an in-person treatment program." Each session includes exercises that "will help you tailor the lessons to your own unique circumstances." Most chapters also include "Special Help" summaries that provide additional information for specific situations.
The first few chapters discuss exactly what panic and anxiety are, and how they develop in various individuals. Dr. Beckfield then explains why panic and anxiety attacks happen in some circumstances and not in others that may seem similar. She then describes the "triggers" and teaches readers how to stop a developing attack.
One chapter discusses the various medications available, and how each one works. Dr. Beckfield says that the decision as to whether or not to take medication is an individual one, but emphasizes that it's important to work on overcoming anxiety by other means even when taking medications. That's because most medications are effective only in the short term and can't be relied upon for long-term relief.Read more ›
Forget standard psychobabble; Beckfield uses her in-depth understanding of important emotional themes underlying panic to help you figure out your own, unique sensitivities. You're encouraged to look at aspects like genetics, personality traits, and early experiences that may have lowered your anxiety threshold, as well as touchy issues like loss and anger that feed into panic attacks. Eye-opening quizzes and exercises are a big help here -- you'll learn a lot about your feelings and thought patterns that cause physical reactions like shaking, palpitations, dizziness, chills, nausea, chest pain, and that horrible sensation of losing control or "going crazy." Using simple techniques like the controlled breathing exercise to help you chill out quickly during anxious times, you'll realize the scary sensations not only do pass; in time, you can make them disappear completely.
Beckfield advocates keeping a journal to note panic episodes, record your feelings at the time, and also chart positive actions and successes. It really personalizes this conscious, ongoing process of creating your own "comfort zone." The book also includes an up-to-date discussion of the latest medications used to control panic attacks, as well as a section on mindful meditation. Even if you don't suffer from full-blown panic attacks, but have near-panic episodes, anxiety in specific situations, or chronic low-level anxiety, you'll find useful ways of taking charge and staying calm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was recommended by a friend. I found it very helpful, great information.Published 2 months ago by Marie
Sorry, but this was not very helpful for me. Someone experiencing panic needs IMMEDIATE help, not a bunch of pages to read through. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Christopher B.
i highlighted so much of this book and then gave it to my nephew. He is reading it and seeing himself.Published on June 17, 2013 by D. Crawford
This book was recommended to me by my therapist when I expressed symptoms of anxiety, and he thought they could develop into panic attacks. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by pumpkintraveler
After having my first panic attack years ago, I decided to educate myself and I purchased this book. Read morePublished on March 14, 2008 by G. Rafkind
I was quite dissapointed after reading most of this book. It refers to Agoraphobia simply as an avoidance! Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by Jeanne Dalton
This book was very helpful to me. Just reading it seems to cause one's anxious thoughts to subside, as the book describes the causes and physical aspects of a panic attack and... Read morePublished on November 2, 2005 by D. S. Bornus
I am very familiar with the pain of anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia for I suffered from these maladies for several decades. Read morePublished on April 19, 2005 by D. R. Schryer